Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Dr. Herbert West's Sing-Along Stage Show
In the grand scheme of the arts, I've always suspected that there was an unspoken affinity between the absurdly excessive blood splatter in gory horror films and the absurdly excessive spontaneity of song and dance in musicals. Judging from what noted horror film director Stuart Gordon has been doing these days, I'm obviously not alone.
Gordon is currently helming Re-Animator: The Musical, a musical stage show based on his own classic 1985 zombie film, which was in turn based on a short story by horror master H.P. Lovecraft. It's currently playing at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA, and the production will run until March 27. If the reviews at sites such as Shock Till You Drop, CHUD and Daily Trojan are any indication, this show is a must-see if you're in the area and love tuneful, off-kilter theatrics. It's got a "splatter zone" where the audience is most likely to get hit by fake blood and other wet, squishy debris, and it's also got George Wendt as Dean Halsey, one of the unfortunate characters who is re-animated during the course of the show. (I'm wondering if Wendt exchanged any zombie acting tips with fellow Cheers alum Ted Danson, who also played a walking, rotting corpse in George Romero and Stephen King's Creepshow.) Click here to get your tickets today!